• One of the Twelve Tribes of Israel


Manasseh - Forgetting. Eldest son of Joseph (Gen. 41:51; 46:20; 48:1–20; 50:23; Deut. 33:13–17); also the name of the tribe descended from him; their territory west of the Jordan adjoined that of Ephraim. In addition, they had colonies east of the Jordan, in the rich pasture land of Bashan and Gilead.

Genesis Narrative

19 The sons of Rachel Jacob’s wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.
20 And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On bare unto him.
21 And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.
22 These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen.
Genesis 46:19-22 - KJV translation

Book of Joshua Narrative

1 There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he was the firstborn of Joseph; to wit, for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead: because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan.
2 There was also a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families.
3 ¶ But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters: and these are the names of his daughters, Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
4 And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the Lord he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.
5 And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the land of Gilead and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan;
6 Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of Manasseh’s sons had the land of Gilead.
Joshua 17:1-6


Offspring of Manasseh and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Machir ben Manasseh
Abiezer ben Manasseh
Helek ben Manasseh
Asriel ben Manasseh
Shechem ben Manasseh
Hepher ben Manasseh
Shemida ben Manasseh


Offspring of Joseph ben Jacob and Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah
Name Birth Death Joined with
Manasseh ben Joseph 9999 Egypt 9999 Egypt
Ephraim ben Joseph 9999 Egypt 9999 Egypt


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